British Police Arrest Citizens for Criticizing Islam on Social Media

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Sunday, 26 May 2013 01:31 PM

By Greg Richter

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Four men in England have been either arrested or warned after making anti-Muslim comments on Facebook and Twitter in response to the killing of a British soldier.

Benjamin Flatters, 22, was arrested by Lincolnshire Police after authorities were alerted he had made racist or anti-religious statements on Facebook, the Daily Mail reports.

Another man was visited by authorities and warned about his communications on social media, a spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said.

In Bristol, a 23-year-old and a 22-year-old each were held under the Public Order Act, the Daily Mail reported. Both were held under suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. The pair were taken from separate addresses in the middle of the night.

Avon and Somerset Police were contacted on Wednesday about comments on Twitter, said police spokesman Ed Yaxley.

"These comments were directed against a section of our community," Yaxley said. "Comments such as these are completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community in Bristol."

"People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious," Yaxley said.

The comments were made in reference to the gruesome killing of 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby. Two men ran him down in a car, then hacked him to death with knives and a meat cleaver on a busy public street.

One of the men was recorded by a bystander's cell phone saying that the attack was because
of how Muslims are being treated around the world.

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